Somalia leads world in per capita female circumcision

By Majid Ahmed in Mogadishu

July 31, 2013

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Approximately 6.5 million Somali girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) -- otherwise known as female circumcision -- according to a new report by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

  • A child from a camp for internally displaced persons poses at the Somali Women Development Centre in Mogadishu in 2012. About 98% of women in Somalia are circumcised, mostly in childhood. [Tobin Jones/AU-UN IST/AFP]

    A child from a camp for internally displaced persons poses at the Somali Women Development Centre in Mogadishu in 2012. About 98% of women in Somalia are circumcised, mostly in childhood. [Tobin Jones/AU-UN IST/AFP]

  • Young Maasai girls stand at a hut in a village near Narok, Kenya. Female circumcision is far less prevalent in Kenya than Somalia, but still 27% of women undergo the procedure. [Tony Karumba/AFP]

    Young Maasai girls stand at a hut in a village near Narok, Kenya. Female circumcision is far less prevalent in Kenya than Somalia, but still 27% of women undergo the procedure. [Tony Karumba/AFP]

Although support for the practice is waning, the report indicates that 98% of Somali women between 15 and 49 have been cut or mutilated -- the highest per capita percentage in the world.

In addition, the report states that female circumcision is higher among Somalis even in countries where the practice is less common.

For instance, 74% of Ethiopian women aged 15 to 49 have undergone the procedure, although 97% of Somali women living in Ethiopia have. Only 27% of Kenyan women in the same age bracket have experienced FGM/C, but Somali women living in Kenya have a 98% rate.

In Djibouti, where the majority of the population is ethnically Somali, 93% of women are circumcised. In Tanzania, 15% of women are circumcised.

The report is based on Demographic and Health Surveys, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and UNICEF's Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted over the past 20 years.

Deeply rooted Somali traditions and customs

In most countries where FGM/C is prevalent, traditional practitioners perform the procedures, cutting the female genitalia and removing some flesh -- generally the clitoris and inner labia.

Sometimes, the cut edges of the labia are stitched together to cover the urethra and vaginal orifice, only leaving room for urine and menstruation, and must be reopened for intercourse and childbirth. This form of FGM/C, called "infibulation" or "pharaonic circumcision", is the most common form in Somalia, affecting 63% of women who undergo circumcision.

Pharaonic circumcision is deeply rooted in the traditions and customs of the Somali people, said Saadiya Abdulqadir, who works at the Somali Women Development Centre. Incorrect religious beliefs and social traditions are used to justify the tradition, she said.

"In spite of the efforts of non-governmental organisations and child protection agencies to end this phenomenon of female circumcision, this practice is still common throughout the country," she told Sabahi.

"Lots of parents believe that this tradition protects the chastity of their daughters," she said. "Others are convinced that this will ensure that girls remain virgins until they are married."

"We call on religious leaders to work toward dispelling the widespread misconception within Somali society that female circumcision is a religious duty and to announce that female circumcision is not a religious issue," she said.

The Somali constitution bans female circumcision, but Muna Abbas Mohamed, a 25-year-old student at the College of Nursing at Plasma University in Mogadishu, says counteracting tradition with law is not easy.

"Laws alone are not enough to stop female circumcision as it is difficult to change customs that have been inherited without educating society about the dangers associated with this practice," she told Sabahi, stressing the importance of involving clerics in campaigns to abolish female circumcision.

"Combating this phenomenon cannot happen merely by yelling slogans and writing texts; we have to raise our voices loudly and clearly against female circumcision, and religious and tribal leaders have to work towards educating the public and raising awareness within local communities about the dangers of this practice," she said. "We urge the religious leaders in particular to explain to people that infibulation has nothing to do with Islam."

Female circumcision not endorsed by religion

Sheikh Abubakar Moalim Ibrahim, a cleric in Mogadishu, said female circumcision is undesirable and neither a religious duty nor an obligation.

"Female circumcision is neither a favourable duty nor a sunnah and the prophet (PBUH) reprimanded women who performed this practice and directed them to only practice ishmam," he told Sabahi.

Ishmam refers to "symbolic circumcision", a form of cutting to draw blood, but with no removal of tissue and no permanent alteration of the external genitalia. While symbolic circumcision is still considered a form of FGM/C, it is less invasive and has been proposed in some places as an alternative to more severe forms.

Ibrahim said the Qur'anic context does not apply to pharaonic circumcision. "There is no reference or text in the Holy Qur'an that refers to circumcision, and the hadiths on female circumcision are weakly supported," he said.

"It has no societal value and actually contradicts the principles of Islamic sharia because it causes harm -- both physical and psychological -- to girls' health," he said. "For this reason, it has to be avoided in order to prevent harm and to follow the teachings of Islam that considers causing harm to humans in any shape and form as sinful."

Abdulrazaq Hassan, a gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Benadir Maternity and Children's Hospital in Mogadishu, said female circumcision puts women's health in danger.

"Circumcision causes damage to women's health, such as urinary and genital infections and germs entering women's bodies," he told Sabahi.

"In lots of cases, circumcision causes severe bleeding and during the first couple of days after the operation, girls find it difficult to urinate as a result of the severe pain and the narrowing of the urinary tract," he said. "Upon reaching puberty, menstrual cycles become extremely painful because girls suffer from serious infections, not to mention complications during childbirth, as circumcision causes problems during the birthing process that could lead to the mother's death."

A painful, scarring experience

Leila Abdirahman, 21, is studying medicine at Benadir University. She said being circumcised was a horrible experience.

"I can never forget that painful experience of having my genitals cut," she told Sabahi. "I was nine years old when several women came to our house, some neighbours and some relatives."

"My mother ordered me to lie down on my back," she said. "Moments later, some of the women held me down on the ground while one put her hand tightly on my mouth to prevent me from screaming. Another woman holding a pair of scissors and a knife cut off parts of my genitals."

"I still remember the amount of pain I felt during this process and suffer from complications from the circumcision as I have severe pain and infections during menstruation," Abdirahman said. "I call on all Somali mothers to be aware of the huge health hazards associated with female circumcision. They should abandon this tradition once and for all."

Despite the dangers, many mothers still insist on having their daughters circumcised.

Naima Ahmed said she wanted her three daughters to be circumcised because she did not want to become the only one who ignored social norms.

"My sisters, my female cousins and I are all circumcised, as are all the women in our area," the 32-year-old mother told Sabahi. "If I leave my daughters uncircumcised, this will bring them dishonour, ridicule and insult from their circumcised friends. I cannot allow my daughters not to be circumcised unless all of society does the same."

Yet Yasmin Mohammed, 31, explained why she has not subjected her daughters to circumcision.

"I have three daughters and I have not nor will I ever circumcise any of them because I do not want nor do I accept disfiguring my daughters or being responsible for mutilating their genitals," she told Sabahi.

"Female circumcision is a harmful tradition that our society has been plagued with and most Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia and other Arabian Gulf countries, do not know this tradition at all," she said. "Why would the Muslims in these countries leave out an important ritual in Islam or the sunnah if female circumcision is considered such?"

Mohammed criticised the notion that circumcision protects girls from moral deviance. "This is an incorrect idea," she said. "Circumcision plays no role in preserving girls' chastity. Instead, a sound upbringing suffices to protect a girl."

Question: What are your views on female genital mutilation/cutting? Would you want your daughters to be circumcised? Why or why not? Share your views in the comments below.

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Reader's Comments

  • abdinasir jama
    October 17, 2014 @ 04:37:35AM

    with empathy and hope i can say it is very bad and dangerous practice how long is our ladies suffering -------------it is too late and too little we did , let us all stand and stop it. i suggest men should stand hence their in a big sleep while their daughters are mutilated cut . poverty is the driving force the world should stand and try to eradicate poverty level of practicing countries

  • R Davis
    August 24, 2014 @ 11:06:00PM

    DEVIANT PERVERSIAN - direct & brutal human compulsion is a good way to describe it. These are feeble minded people with a primative capacity for thought. Education would not fix thei mind set. Controllable man is valuable like no other resorce could ever be, the greatest resource for a man to control is another human being. Obcessive, controling parents is how it manifests in the West. The empty nest syndrome is how loss of that direct control is expressed. Sexual abuse & physical violence, plays a big role here also, the virtue story is a cover for all manner of abuse. Jealousy of the young by the older & having lost that sweet sixteen-ness desirability is enough motivation to want to mutilated the young & up & coming. Never do I buy the religious / virtue rubbish a deviant knows how to hide / their true motives. Sorrry but reality is just that reality.

  • Leonard Jobiso
    August 13, 2014 @ 08:08:32PM

    The topic is good as that barbarism needs to be stopped.

  • محمد
    May 19, 2014 @ 03:31:59PM

    Muslims are still going astray blindly. Nations have indeed colonized us in a way that is impossible to get rid of while we are still discussing issues circumcision, menstruation and postpartum. My brothers, this is nothing but a sign of ignorance, weakness, and claims of power and knowledge bigotedly. Oh Muslims, so long as our leaders, rulers and masses are selling God’s holy book in the markets and continue to specify a price for it, claiming that such price is the price of the ink and paper, then there will be no good in us or in our posterity until the Day of Judgment. That is because there is no faith in our hearts and we never knew god and appreciate god as he deserves.

  • JANET WALFORD
    April 29, 2014 @ 07:03:32PM

    I would like to know more about how I can help to stamp out the practise of FGM

  • teacher c.raqiib shariif ibraahiim cabdullaahi cal
    April 22, 2014 @ 03:36:42PM

    Yes, I would like it to be in accordance with the Islamic law.

  • Towett Kipkemoi Nickson
    January 28, 2014 @ 11:07:15AM

    Good article.The act is inhuman and barbaric and should be terminated!!

  • michsel
    January 24, 2014 @ 03:17:45PM

    To me this is the cruelties thing in life.I can just imagine being a girl without private parts. I would be some kind of a sack or stone with no sexual feelings. I would rather die single than marry a clitless female.

  • mMacharia Zimmerman
    January 23, 2014 @ 04:49:05PM

    parents should wait until the child attain the age of 18yrs to decide herself whether to be circumcised. Parents, stop barbaric practises!

  • Issa Gedi
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:18:00PM

    yes good article.

  • mukoya
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:58:46PM

    Are they helping God to mold. a human after birth why not before? They should stop it.

  • Lee njiru
    January 19, 2014 @ 09:27:21PM

    Good article

  • A Kipkorir
    January 15, 2014 @ 02:36:35AM

    The practise is inhumane barbaric. Outdated

  • elizabeth mwaboopo
    January 14, 2014 @ 08:19:28AM

    It is gender oppression, it is not to be there at all. They should be taken to the law.

  • fa
    January 14, 2014 @ 08:11:12AM

    It is not appropriate in the society. It's gender oppression.

  • Robert kathambu
    January 14, 2014 @ 03:36:27AM

    It not good

  • راجية رحمة ربي
    January 13, 2014 @ 04:54:10PM

    May god punish those who subject innocent girls to such practices under the pretext of chastity… The prophet (PBUH) said: “Beware of injustice because injustice is darkness in the Day of Judgment” and this heinous crime is injustice. I ask god to make anyone who contributed to depriving women of one of the best joys in life dwell in hell fire, the worst fate. Amen.

  • Abdisalam
    January 13, 2014 @ 03:15:55PM

    Its bad action for circumcising the girls.so plz stop FGM

  • ongala junior
    January 11, 2014 @ 11:55:29AM

    Out dated norms

  • Beatrice
    January 11, 2014 @ 11:35:50AM

    FGM is gross violation of human rights. Stop it now !!!!!!!!!

  • a mus boyYOUR NAME is required
    January 11, 2014 @ 10:21:31AM

    COMMENT i undstd christians ar discourgng 2 stop ths mata bt accordng 2 my opinion both religion islam an christians wl nt eva follow n th same path an i wld lyk 2 say the organizational rights has no right 2 interfere th culture,custom an religion of a certain ple . WE DEEPLY KNOW WHAT THE RELIGION SAYS AN WHAT THE WESTERN CULTURE DEMANDS

  • jasmine nyangassa
    January 9, 2014 @ 02:50:08PM

    It is not proper at all. It is oppression against women.

  • kassim billow
    January 9, 2014 @ 01:35:59PM

    It is right to maintain.

  • [email protected]
    January 4, 2014 @ 12:12:59PM

    I dontvlike they should stop

  • Mwantum Ridhiwan
    January 3, 2014 @ 11:31:26PM

    This is purely cruel. It is very sad. As a woman, I would not like to see it happens to my fellow women.

  • mathew musyoka
    January 2, 2014 @ 12:48:07AM

    This is the greatest mistake made.....

  • Francis Maku
    December 27, 2013 @ 05:01:07AM

    In degital era,we ought to discourage this outdated custom,since it denies our girls right to have their sexual urges.Girls shld be left to prevail the way God created them.Our mothers shld nt be deceived that FGM/C has any base in both traditional& religion.

  • Jkinyua
    December 26, 2013 @ 02:33:03PM

    Its rigid outdated

  • اكرم علي
    December 22, 2013 @ 10:20:03AM

    I supported the circumcision in the past, but I later discovered that they are illusory customs. I will never accept circumcision.

  • samuel che
    December 19, 2013 @ 09:07:37AM

    iam a kenyan father of 3 daughters all are in university and not circumcised and doing well academicaly and we are kalenjin who practice the tradition girls should not be circumcised at all it is against moral values

  • xiis xuseen kaahin
    December 17, 2013 @ 04:39:13PM

    God has willed it. Praise be to God. I would like to salute all the Muslim people particularly to those who practice female genital mutilation. After that, in my opinion practicing female genital mutilation is wrong since we are Muslims. We have to follow the holy book of God and what it teaches us.

  • elly msechu
    December 17, 2013 @ 12:03:56PM

    There no need of circumsion to our daughter because ,as God creating them the part of their stimulating organ. During they are going to maternity is danger the elasticity of virginal always limited to expand

  • Nasir Adem Dadi
    December 15, 2013 @ 02:52:37PM

    It is not god 1) it reduce sexuall intercorse 2) it effect during child hold or birth

  • sebastian
    December 13, 2013 @ 11:41:03PM

    I don support the FMG,truely humilation to the girls.

  • juma mboge
    December 8, 2013 @ 12:12:54PM

    Female genital mutilation is not a good practice. It should be immediately stopped.

  • Robert Munyui
    December 7, 2013 @ 09:09:04AM

    FGM. MEN AT HEIGHT OF MORAL DECAY AND HYPOCRISY. Can man knell before God and support FGM. It is awkward to hear men say what is good for a woman and not say what God say is good for a woman and him. It seems some men want to craft a way of life for themselves in name of God. When God told Moses that the Israelis fathers shall not subject their daughters to FGM in honor of the dead or have sex with them, He did not leave any form of FGM for a girl child. To suggest there can be mild form of FGM is not acceptable before God. Leviticus 19:28-29. Once the blood of a girl child is shed in FGM the land is polluted and becomes full of all evils. If men have no respect for the complex sex organ which deliver them to the world, how will they have mercy for one another even where they have common faith? When the earth is fully polluted in FGM, at a point men turn the country a slaughter house for one another and the communities at large.

  • Robert Munyui
    December 6, 2013 @ 08:13:04AM

    FGM- PARENTS CULTURAL MORAL SLAVERY SIEZE. It quite evident parents are under cultural moral slavery siege and ready to sacrifice their daughters to FGM at alter of demonic cultures for community social acceptance. How would parents commit their daughters to FGM so us someone can have food for the mouth calling it their trade of life? How could someone say it was done in honour of religion where God is mentioned and the clergy exist? How will ever be girls compensated who are forced to FGM in their flower age after abandoning the evil trade? Parents and the clergy should know that the mutilated injured girls remain and the wounded soul and spirit cry to Almighty God. Many parents are still stuck in wilderness of demonic cultures though in institutions of Godly worship. Who will pull out parents stuck in the wilderness of demonic cultures with love and care? FGM is in the bosoms of parents and the community at large. It all boils down to communities social rottenness. The battle fields of double faiths range in their hearts and their fail terribly to test of faith in God. We need fathers who can stand for God with their families when the lest rebel against God. Joshua 24:14-15

  • Robert Munyui
    December 5, 2013 @ 09:22:08AM

    FGM -THE BUCHERS OF WOMANHOOD How can a father be obsessed with the sexual organ of his daughter as a bearer of holiness in mutilated state? It is hypocritical for him to be in a place where GOD is worshipped. Why should parents be obsessed to place the family uprightness and the community holiness in the mutilated sex organ of their girl child?. Can a girl child find love in her parents in subjecting her to FGM?. All boils down to social madness that require Divine spiritual intervention. Clergy ought teach and preach the truth and hold parents responsible for injustice committed against their girl child in FGM. FGM is a form of partial castration for womanhood. Evils committed by parents remain sin. Man is commanded by GOD to give his wife her conjugal wrights and also the woman to the same for its a shared joy. 1Corithians 1:1-4.How can a sexually mutilated woman deliver joy in Divine state to her husband while her sexual joy was removed from her in FGM?. Circumcision in man does not alter his sexual ability. Since no trade can support itself without a customer, girls made prostitutes in FGM by their parents’ should be left to their fathers. Leviticus 19:28-29. This calls all of us to be aleart and do awy the sexual abuse of a girl child in FGM.

  • Robert munyui
    December 5, 2013 @ 07:49:55AM

    FGM PROSTITUTION ON WOMANHOOD BY PARENTS-THE BUCHERS OF WOMANHOOD How can a father be obsessed with the sexual organ of his daughter as a bearer of holiness in mutilated state? It is hypocritical for him to be in a place where GOD is worshipped. Why should parents be obsessed to place the family uprightness and the community holiness in the mutilated sex organ of their girl child?. Can a girl child find love in her parents in subjecting her to FGM?. All boils down to social madness that require Divine spiritual intervention. Clergy ought teach and preach the truth and hold parents responsible for injustice committed against their girl child in FGM. FGM is a form of partial castration for a womanhood. Evils committed by parents remain sin. Man is commanded by GOD to give his wife her conjugal wrights and also the woman to the same for its a shred joy. 1Corithians 1:1-4.How can a sexually mutilated woman deliver joy in Divine state to her husband while her sexual joy was removed from her in FGM. Circumcision in man does not alter his sexual ability. Since no trade can support itself without a customer, girls made prostitutes in FGM by their parents’ should be left to their fathers for marriage since in FGM they are made prostitutes by their parents. Leviticus 19:28-29.

  • Lillian
    December 5, 2013 @ 04:04:15AM

    Thank you for highlighting a primitive and barbaric challenging problem being experienced by our Somali sisters. It is a testimony that our Somali women have low levels of education and that there is a demon that is perpetrating the suffering of women. For three generations in my family women have not under gone FGM. I pray that the God of this section of the Akamba community visits you and cast out that demon in Jesus name; AMEN.

  • Robert munyui
    December 3, 2013 @ 03:25:10AM

    FGM-THE BUCHERS OF WOMANHOOD Can any clergy support FGM? Only those taught by apostles and ministers of Satan can support FGM. It is a satanic sacrifice for demonic chastity.2 Corinthians11:13-15 FGM exercise the most dignified unreserved beastly cultural atrocities on womanhood. God told Moses that the Israelis fathers shall not subject their girls to FGM in honor of the dead or have sex with them.Leviticus 19:28-29.

  • Mussa issa
    December 1, 2013 @ 01:04:24AM

    This is not good thing for the humanities lifestyle

  • black bway
    November 30, 2013 @ 11:24:04PM

    TThis it is not good total I hate.

  • Robert munyui
    November 28, 2013 @ 06:49:51AM

    FGM PROSTITUTION OF WOMANHOOD -THE BUTCHERS OFWOMANHOOD Leviticus 19:28-29. FGM. Perennial suffering for the girl child and a curse to the land. The land is polluted and all evils come to the nation. This beaslty cultural practice defeat any Godly religious moral justification. It is un idea borrowed fron satanic world to enhance chasity.

  • Robert munyui
    November 25, 2013 @ 04:51:57AM

    FGM PROSTITUTION ON WOMANHOOD BY PARENTS-THE BUTCHERS OFWOMANHOOD Leviticus 19:28-29. FGM. Perennial curse for the girlchild and the land. The land is polluted and all evils come to the nation.

  • Robert munyui
    November 23, 2013 @ 06:42:30AM

    FGM PROSTITUTION ON WOMANHOOD BY PARENTS-THE BUTCHERS OF WOMANHOOD . The Israelites brethren never married from alters of Satan. Israelite women remained lively and delivered goodly children easily a state known to Pharaoh. Exodus 1:15-22. That knowledge on the difference between a circumcised woman and a woman who had not faced the evil cut was exploited by the Hebrew Midwives, Shiphrah and Puah as their reason for saving the men children alive contrary to the King of Egypt instructions’ for their ultimate death at birth. Pharaoh was aware that the Egyptians women went through Pharaonic Circumcision or infibulations and the difficulties they faced in delivering children were known to him . All traditional women who mutilate girls die poor for Satan keep them poor to perpetuate their trade .God has never asked parents to sexually cripple their daughters so as to remain virgins and holly. Parents owe their daughters a life time apology for their inhuman acts which robbed them their divine marital gifts. Parents who force their daughters to undergo FGM exercise the most dignified unreserved atrocities on the girl child with man child at the receiving end as beneficially. FMG is the perennial curse for a girl child and the land. The sexual organ of a woman is not a stay and a gate way to a man’s faith in his God. Men who say mutilated women help them remain holy make the sex organ of a woman an institution of worship for them. Should a man share a wife with the devil

  • masaba
    November 22, 2013 @ 10:16:00PM

    No good women stop

  • AMINA KASHORO
    November 19, 2013 @ 08:32:55AM

    AS THERE IS NO IMPORTANCE AND IT BRINGS EFFECTS NO NEED FOR THE PRACTICE, HOWEVER TRADITIONS HAD TO CHANGE ACCORDING TO TIME. "LETS SHOUT TO STOP THE VIOLANCE OF CIRCUMSTION"

  • ibraahim warsame daacad
    November 19, 2013 @ 02:43:46AM

    My name is Ibrahim Warse Daacad. Female Genital Mutilation is bad for Somali girls and truly a very bad practice so stop subjecting Somali girls to such practice.

  • Siciid
    November 14, 2013 @ 09:22:43PM

    It doesn't go through for me.

  • [email protected]
    November 12, 2013 @ 03:26:52AM

    Genital mutilation is a very bad action. It should be cursed by God.

  • [email protected]
    November 12, 2013 @ 03:18:47AM

    Genital mutilation is a very bad action. It should be categorically condemned, even God doesn't like it.

  • Francis Mutunga
    November 7, 2013 @ 10:55:47AM

    Mutilated women can not enjoy sex in marriage.They behave like zombie in bed, just lie there flat and wait for you to finish doing your thing.They are a bore.this practice shoul be stopped.

  • dabson majula
    November 6, 2013 @ 04:28:11AM

    This is not right at all. In Tanzania this tradition has long gone. Let's unite to eliminate outdated customs and traditions.

  • Sheha amin
    November 6, 2013 @ 04:14:18AM

    It is dangerous and disastrous to the victims.

  • Cabdulqadir
    November 3, 2013 @ 11:58:03AM

    Female Genital Mutilation is not good and it actually endangers the live of girls. It has no basis both in the tradition and in the religion.

  • mohamd gacal
    November 1, 2013 @ 06:50:12AM

    surely ican not saport it.and islamically it haram

  • Firs Beats
    October 25, 2013 @ 01:51:28PM

    My God! This is humiliation to them they should stop is not right to them at all is tym now they have to leave into them demands! Keep woman and young girls out of difendable matters they also human as men!

  • mohamed sirat mohamed
    October 24, 2013 @ 01:59:41AM

    Female genital mutulation is a crime that has no court, to kill the sense organs of lady means burrying while she is crying for help. Fortunately most of my relatives banned this horrific/terror action against the innocent girl child.

  • Fatuma Shoshi wa Kimara DSM TANZANIA
    October 22, 2013 @ 03:22:22AM

    It is not right to mutilate women. This practice is bad and you are hurting them too much.

  • Abdullahi
    October 21, 2013 @ 09:25:13PM

    This is big issue in the mommunity. We have see harzards that in this kinds practice and we will not get anthing from it. It haram in our beautiful culture and religion. It is against human rights we need to stop and protect our girls.

  • kile miraji
    October 21, 2013 @ 01:49:56PM

    My name is Kile Miraji or Baba Zakhia from Moshi. I personally don't like female genital mutilation.

  • cali tumay isxul
    October 21, 2013 @ 12:06:17PM

    It is surely a very bad practice because I have seen many problems that have been caused by female genital mutilation in the community. I have seen in one of the villages a man married to 2 wives but who walks very late hours in the night. I asked him as a friend, why he walks late in the night when he had 2 wives and he replied he had many problems with his wives because they feel disturbed even when he sleeps with them since they don't have sexual urge. So my friends we also have many other problems it causes.

  • ibse
    October 21, 2013 @ 09:50:00AM

    FGM/C is brutal and blatant violation of girl child right..its unislamic n those subjecting defenceless girls to this inhuman treatment shd prepare for Allahs wrath

  • aabdifatah
    October 20, 2013 @ 04:29:02PM

    Iwill not do to.my doughter this jahila practise and won all human not to.do humilation to their beloved girls it has negative aspect of reducing sex sensitivity and man who marries those ladies will enjoy as other pliz stop FGM and many efforts has to be made to reduce this act

  • roble c.lahi xasan roble gure
    October 19, 2013 @ 02:57:26AM

    Surely, I could say Female Genital Mutilation is not good because it causes many problems to girls during their wedding, in terms of their health or even their sexual urges. I would like to give my advice to those mothers who say they have undergone the same practice which they inherited from their grandmothers by telling them to stop the practice because it is not based in both our religion and culture as Somalis.

  • paul mwashighadi
    October 18, 2013 @ 02:24:42PM

    Indeed its very cruel, Gods creation should be left to prevail.

  • Nasseb Mvullah
    October 18, 2013 @ 11:38:01AM

    That is an old habit. It requires to be categorically condemned by the responsible organs with our support.

  • ++ Dr. Elias John Kombo
    October 6, 2013 @ 09:22:11AM

    I personally do not approve FGM/C. It is cruel and painful and meaningless. It should be stopped. I and my organization advocate stoppage of this barbaric act.

  • Elias Samson Dar Tz
    October 2, 2013 @ 04:08:56PM

    That practice should be totally eliminated, it is horrific, it is cruelty. The woman who has had that done, lacks instincts in the sexual intercourse.

  • Bruno Boniventure
    September 30, 2013 @ 08:52:12AM

    I wouldn't like to see girls mutilated at all because it causes them pains and also over-bleeding during baby delivery.

  • mohamed matitu
    September 29, 2013 @ 03:55:46PM

    It's high time now that they stop those practices. They are out of date.

  • Gaudence Mwakilema.
    September 29, 2013 @ 08:26:40AM

    I would like that those who circumcise others are informed of the problems faced by women especially during baby delivery. I urge this practice to be banned.

  • Mlembah Prosper
    September 28, 2013 @ 10:01:50PM

    Female genital mutilation is barbarism and correcting or refusing God to the maximum.

  • shwaib mwenda
    September 28, 2013 @ 12:56:02PM

    Society should be informed on this matter, it will be educated and this matter will end.

  • fredrick
    September 28, 2013 @ 05:16:20AM

    In which Qur'anic or Biblical chapter or verse are they reading? It is our obligation to condemn and you, women, are required to speak and stop hypocrisy.

  • Saimon alex
    September 27, 2013 @ 08:23:28AM

    I am against gender humiliation. They are incidents that are increasingly violating women's rights. I urge the society to change its approach so as to see that women are respected!!!

  • Rosea
    September 25, 2013 @ 04:35:53AM

    Female genital mutilation is very bad. It is humiliating girls and a very big sin to God. There is no scriptures that order them to be mutilated.

  • Kaptaly Abedi
    September 24, 2013 @ 02:25:07PM

    FGM is denying women the right 2 enjoy sex. When they do get married!!!

  • Godson Mushi
    September 23, 2013 @ 12:03:06PM

    I would not like my girls to be mutilated because that is to humiliate and leave them with grave pains for a long time.

  • Munson
    September 23, 2013 @ 02:14:02AM

    COMMENTS: Female genital mutilation is not right because they think mutilating girls would stop them from sex. They should stop that stupidity because it has got no values.

  • Juma Siraju Juma
    September 21, 2013 @ 11:00:52AM

    On my side, I don't like this behavior because it humiliates and devalues women who are our mothers.

  • neema mollel
    September 20, 2013 @ 01:08:57PM

    It is surely a shameful thing. I am also one of those coming from the societies that practice such things but is shameful and humiliating against women and it doesn't stop moral decay. I advice the government to intervene.

  • [email protected]
    September 20, 2013 @ 07:06:00AM

    This is an extreme humiliation. Are there no laws in Somalia that will put those who mutilate others in prison so that they would stop it for good!!??

  • darison andrew
    September 20, 2013 @ 03:08:47AM

    it is terrible if the situation is not intervened as you see girls are suffering a lot they need to be rescured

  • Mmochi Leonard
    September 20, 2013 @ 01:27:05AM

    This is barbarism and against human rights.

  • geoffrey wafubwa
    September 19, 2013 @ 01:56:59PM

    female genitale mutilation is primitive & achaic in & should be discouraged totally & those found propagating it should be brought to book

  • REV.BERNARD OLE KOONYO
    September 19, 2013 @ 01:56:42PM

    I like it. You are right for the training.

  • Debra
    September 19, 2013 @ 08:58:14AM

    People still do this? It is so sad indeed. I think FGM should be given priority and young girls should not be subjected to such experiences.

  • edwin mwemezi
    September 19, 2013 @ 12:10:57AM

    Those mutilation practices must be stopped through government's intervention, although it is chronic and deeply rooted. They are very dangerous and cause women to be psychologically affected.

  • mahmoud farijallah rajab
    September 18, 2013 @ 04:06:02PM

    This is not a good practice. It has to be stopped all over the world.

  • kkerubo omboga
    September 18, 2013 @ 10:03:50AM

    OOh ma h, I"ll neva circmn ma biutful gal

  • rama g ngukku au sir ngukku
    September 18, 2013 @ 09:01:14AM

    I think there is no problem, because even our grandmothers were being mutilated.

  • OMAR SAID
    September 18, 2013 @ 07:51:54AM

    I FEEL as if Somali government was raised from difficulties. How would it be thinking in the future because when you fail to amend the rift, the whole wall will fall down.

  • moses mshilikale
    September 18, 2013 @ 04:56:04AM

    Peace should be sustained first so as the educators can be sent to work without fear.

  • saif
    September 18, 2013 @ 01:48:45AM

    I would like governments to intervene in this matter, because it is very dangerous. A big number of them lost their lives.

  • ibro yare
    September 17, 2013 @ 02:46:22PM

    Female circumcision should be done as recommended by the prophet.

  • mathew magesse
    September 17, 2013 @ 12:22:22PM

    I think they need enough education. At our home country Tanzania there is only few regions such as Tarime.

  • Kitonga Kitema
    September 17, 2013 @ 11:53:01AM

    FGM is not only archaic and primitive but a health hazard which should be dealt with in the context of law enforcement.

  • beatrice masinde
    September 17, 2013 @ 11:12:20AM

    Education should be provided.

  • stanley
    September 17, 2013 @ 09:59:24AM

    those who practise it should be prosecuted.

  • raianassoro
    September 17, 2013 @ 01:05:16AM

    It is very sad that such a big number of female genital mutilation is happening is Somalia. Big education campaign is needed in Somalia.

  • Lucas Lupakisyo
    September 16, 2013 @ 08:18:52PM

    It is cruel against humans and violation of human right. United State should take action to stopped this violation against the human rights in Somalia. Strong Action should be taken to abolish cruel against human in Somalia especially Woman who is the big targets of torment in Somalia.

  • msange
    September 16, 2013 @ 04:02:33PM

    somalia people must stop it becz it dangeou

  • gerald v.manoti
    September 16, 2013 @ 10:33:31AM

    My comment: female genital mutilation is something so sad. I think this tradition is out of date. Its damages are so high especially during delivery.

  • Jane Joseph
    September 16, 2013 @ 08:39:31AM

    I am so happy but I don't like this cruelty against our fellow women. They should fear God.

  • Ngorokela dsm tanzania
    September 14, 2013 @ 02:38:06PM

    I don't like the custom to continue because it makes it difficult for us men to send a mutilated woman to the sexual climax.

  • Mairura
    September 14, 2013 @ 09:42:59AM

    O dear Somalis, be open, you destroy the lives of beautiful ladies. Go away from those traditions because they are out of date.

  • AMANI MONGI
    September 14, 2013 @ 05:29:04AM

    I THINK MORE EDUCATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED IN MORE EMPHASIS ABOUT THE BADNESS OF FEMALE CIRCUMCISSION ESPECIALLY IT MAY COURSE PERMANENT INJURIES AND PYSCHOLOGICAL DISTURBUNCE AMONG THE FEMALES

  • Juma kyinda wa Arusha
    September 13, 2013 @ 01:58:06PM

    It's one of weak beliefs. When they circumcise women, they believe that if they don't do it, those women will be having hyper sexual sensations and will be doing prostitution.

  • frank
    September 13, 2013 @ 11:17:28AM

    I am not happy with this violence that withholds the woman's right in making her own decisions so as to live in freedom. FGM is another global catastrophe that we all have to fight against it. One day a woman will be free

  • Robert munyui
    September 13, 2013 @ 09:51:13AM

    Exodus 1:15-22. The Israelis women never faced the evil cut were lively and are lively delivering goodly children. FGM is heathen demonic sacrifice. Leviticus 19: 28-29. Jehovah God told Moses girls who are sexually mutilated are prostitutes made by parent in honour of the dead. They cannot pass the threshold of Divine virginity since they sacrificed their fresh to demonic world. Their virginity in marriage is according to satanic standards since they have been defiled with humanity demonic practices. All traditional women circumcisers die poor for Satan keep them poor to their trade. The girl child holds no battle field of faith in her defiled crippled sexual state. Girls who face the evil cut are leftovers from the alter of Satan and for a man marrying her is equal to sharing a wife with Satan. If a man has to be circumcised in the Church of Christ, he should join our sisters in spiritual circumcision for all that is salvation. Colossians 2: 8-12. Roman2:28-28. Can a wise man pride himself before God counting the benefits of marrying a prostitute? In Church of Christ, only uncultured men in Godly practices, un witty and demonic sadist will applaud sexual mutilation of young girls. Parents’ only way out of this demonic trap is to reconcile back to God together with their daughters by asking for unreserved forgiveness and get saved. GOD OUTLAWED FGM WHICH WAS FORBIDEN AND WRITTEN IN SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE

  • morgan steven
    September 13, 2013 @ 06:41:45AM

    It is very sad. In my opinion, education should be given to the society and action taken against those responsible

  • muna mohammed
    September 13, 2013 @ 03:54:08AM

    female genital mutilation has detrimental effects on physical and psychological health of the infants,girl-child and women operated.there are no health benefits to F.G.M.

  • Sharaf
    September 13, 2013 @ 02:26:40AM

    The person who does circumcision doesn't think of the person being circumcised but the two shillings he/she is getting and this has been caused by the death of the religious clerics, the conflicts in the country, illiteracy of Somali mothers and corruption; you will see a man who you knew yesterday has opened a pharmacy and after few days you will hear them say they do surgery and different kind of diseases and this happens simply because there is no law. Stop breaking the law just to cause problem to your brothers.

  • wahda mohamedy
    September 12, 2013 @ 05:35:09PM

    It's dangerous and should be eliminated.

  • rose omoke
    September 12, 2013 @ 11:35:18AM

    They should completely stop.

  • Robert munyui
    September 12, 2013 @ 10:54:59AM

    No FGM was ever done to Israelis women and they delivered goodly children easily a state known to Pharaoh. Exodus 1:15-22. The difference between a circumcised woman and a woman who had not faced the evil cut was exploited by the Hebrew Midwives, Shiphrah and Puah as their reason for saving the men children alive contrary to the King of Egypt instructions’ for their ultimate death at birth. Pharaoh was aware that the Egyptians women went through Pharaoh Circumcision or infibulations and the difficulties they faced as they deliver. God has promised our beloved sisters save child delivery. 1Timothy 2: 15. The petals and stay of love are left strewn at alters of Satan. The girls child is sexually excavated, sexually muted and crippled. Us no man can miss the mouth even when eating in total darkness, so shall man falter in search of the marital coals removed in sexual mutilation how foolish he is. Song of Solomon 2:6-7. Parents who do FGM are curse to the land and families instabilities. FGM is the most dignified unreserved atrocities on the girl child with man child at the receiving end as beneficially. A foolish woman destroys her house with her own hands. Proverb 14:1-2.

  • simon mwandi
    September 11, 2013 @ 04:36:15PM

    It's not good for women to be mutilated, therefore Somalis should be educated!!

  • hussein hassaan
    September 11, 2013 @ 11:05:20AM

    It needs a big campaign such as using mobile cinema adverts. Some towns and streets should have big adverts by television and radio stations that would reach all Somalis.

  • Nico
    September 11, 2013 @ 02:09:18AM

    FGM is barbaric and satanic and therefore it must be fought from every corner! Education is the only solution that help these uncivilised communities change!

  • EDWIN RHODES TESHA
    September 10, 2013 @ 06:45:21PM

    I THINK EDUCATION IS NEEDED BECAUSE WHEN A STUPID PERSON AGREES TO LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE ADVICE, HIS STUPIDITY WILL GO AWAY AND IGNORANCE REMAINS WHICH IS EASIER TO GO AWAY. LET'S NOT GET TIRED TO EDUCATE THEM. LET'S PRAY TO GOD THAT HE GIVES US WISDOM TO SPEAK TO THEM.

  • Edwin mengich
    September 9, 2013 @ 05:13:57AM

    I think instability of the somali governent is the sourse of this poor vice. Religious here should not be ignored since the somali are identifing themself with lsalm its ironical that those who carried the mutilaton prosses are not men but the same womens who he dan

  • Dayow
    September 8, 2013 @ 05:16:31PM

    Female Genital cut or FGM/ Circumcision among the Somali brethen in this day and age is despicable and abhorent practise that we must all fight hammer and tongs

  • micy
    September 8, 2013 @ 11:30:48AM

    i think they should stop

  • malik said
    September 6, 2013 @ 03:19:02PM

    It's illegal

  • waihenya ndungu
    September 6, 2013 @ 03:18:33PM

    Its the worst and barbaric act any human being would subject to our daughters.

  • AHMED KORANE
    September 6, 2013 @ 03:53:36AM

    islamic scholars unanimously agreed that circumcision in the manner Somali practices is Haram and against teaching of our religion. i advice Muslims to stop this practices.

  • sefu mlaki
    September 6, 2013 @ 02:20:03AM

    I would like to see but I'm not ready to practice this bad practice of Female Genital Mutilation to sisters, relatives and friends; and if I receive the information that such a thing is about to happen in my neighbor's home, I would be ready to fight with them by any means.

  • francis m ngarachum
    September 5, 2013 @ 10:50:37AM

    if allah found it sound to remain like that who are we to ignore our HOLLY GOD.hallo give freedom YOUNG GIRLS to enjoy life whole some.

  • salvatory kajanja
    September 5, 2013 @ 10:40:09AM

    In fact this practice, to fight against FMG, is the same as saying that women don't have value in the society. If I were MP. I would submit a personal draft in the parliament and ask my fellow MPs to support me.

  • 111znz
    September 5, 2013 @ 10:20:49AM

    Stop practices that abuse women

  • FANELLA ALLIE
    September 5, 2013 @ 05:35:11AM

    Many girls died during child bearing and bleeding.Also make them lost sexual feelings for their husband .Lastly God doesnt make mistake to put a clitoris in women

  • Amon ilomo
    September 5, 2013 @ 12:58:48AM

    That is not being human. That is cruelty. In his creation, God did not make mistakes. Why do you do that to your fellow human being? We should change.

  • gracie
    September 3, 2013 @ 07:48:44AM

    Everyone was created in Gods image why destroy some parts of the beautiful body.

  • zulfa
    September 3, 2013 @ 03:31:33AM

    There are women who have never involved themselves into sexual intercourse and yet have been found with no virginity. So, they are only harming their daughters.

  • martin
    September 2, 2013 @ 05:00:30AM

    very dissapointed with female circumcission

  • issa kassiyan
    September 2, 2013 @ 03:15:05AM

    I won't accept it. First, it is abuse due to strong pains they suffer during child delivery. Surely, it is sexual humiliation. My name is Issa Kassiyan, Sinza Kwa Remy.

  • Robert Munyui
    September 1, 2013 @ 10:58:23AM

    PARENTS WHO RAPE THEIR DAUGHTERS When God told Abraham to set with Him a promise of purity, He used open language. Abraham circumcised all boys up to eight years old, Beginning 17:1-27. When God ordered Moses of Israelis not to put their daughters into dirty of purity, He used original language of the Spirit. God ordered Moses that parents shall never have sex with their daughter and make her a prostitute in the land although there were prostitution and other main evils. This message has two main precautions: for a father not to have sex with his daughter and for parents not to put dirty on their daughter that can remove the purity. Book of Leviticus 19:28-29. Female genital mutilation is a satanic purification. A girl has her body cut for the dead. Parents are ridiculing God in this circumcision by making their daughters into prostitutes and the country full of evils. The parents who serve the Satan are many among God believers. They are jealous of the wedding beds of their daughters. Bro. Robert Munyui Kamunyu

  • Robert Munyui
    September 1, 2013 @ 09:15:37AM

    FGM PROSTITUTION ON WOMANHOOD BY PARENTS When God told Abraham to sign the covenant of the flesh, he circumcised all the male children and he was circumcised. The message was direct and in plain language. GENESIS 17: 1-27. The agreement was strategically initiated and the male child grew beholding daily his agreement with God at every call of nature throughout his married life. When God told Moses that the Children of Israel shall not circumcise their girls, the message was given in a spiritual language and bore two warnings. The Israelis parent shall not sexually mutilate their daughters and fathers were commanded not have carnal knowledge (incest) of their daughters making them prostitutes. Girls who face the evil cut become prostitutes on the alter of Satan which pollutes the land. The evil cutting is done in honor of the dead. Leviticus 19:28-29. This type of prostitution cannot be cleansed by marriage. She bought her prostitution with her flesh and blood on alter of Satan while still under her parental care. Unless she gets saved (call upon the blood of CHRIST to cleanse her.John3:16-18, Isaiah1:18) she shall go to her grave a prostitute. Thus there were no sexual mutilations among the Israelis women. The Girl child was bought up in divine order leaving the petals and stay of love intact for a beloved wise husband core co-benefits. She remained a spring shut up and a blessed fountain sealed in divine state. Song of Solomon 4:12, Proverbs5:18-19. By

  • serunjogi Peter
    September 1, 2013 @ 05:46:04AM

    How absurd! Such a practice is highly dehumanizing. I cannot epose my daughters to such pains. Apart from that, sex is more enjoyable when a lady is intact with her clit! Indeed it is a source of pleasure during intercorse. Lets join hands to fight off the practice.

  • malani henry
    August 31, 2013 @ 05:03:33PM

    This practice should be banned coz its barbaric. Continuing this in the name of religion is wrong n primitive.

  • issa mkulu ZNZ
    August 31, 2013 @ 08:15:50AM

    It is true that is a grave cruelty against girls because it is done against their will as at their age they are yet to make decision of whether to accept or to refuse. Parents should stop torturing their children.

  • Senator Matemu
    August 31, 2013 @ 07:59:50AM

    That is cruelty and depriving women of their natural pleasure in sexual intercourse, and very dangerous to health. Activists should educate these outdated practitioners!

  • murry
    August 31, 2013 @ 12:59:04AM

    It is an outdated tradition. If they are customs, they should be carefully considered as they are harmful to society.

  • jonas emanuel
    August 30, 2013 @ 05:42:32PM

    Truly, other traditions are so scary.

  • farhiyo
    August 30, 2013 @ 04:40:06PM

    it good to be circumcised coz it has so many advantages they are uncountable

  • Isaack f urassa
    August 29, 2013 @ 08:53:18PM

    It is not right, it's out of date and our religion doesn't allow it.

  • mohamud
    August 29, 2013 @ 02:19:04PM

    Dr.Mohamoud, Hargeisa, I believe it causes many problems faced by women during their menstruation period or when giving birth and it is good to warn the community against anything that can cause health complications because mothers are the backbone of women and in most cases women are affected by what is known PID found in minerals.

  • Shekar Reddy
    August 29, 2013 @ 12:42:55PM

    This article creates a deep pain while reading. What a torment to females and why only to females? Chastity means nothing for men! Sexuality is one of great pleasures that man is bestowed with. Why females are denied. Why should they bear the pain! It is the height of ignorance that plagues those countries. It is more painful to feel the helplessness. Hell is not elsewhere, it is on the earth itself.

  • Shabani Kasaku
    August 29, 2013 @ 08:46:06AM

    Despite health risk to a subject,It is purely among of harmful tradition and violation of human right as an exercise done to the girls under 18. I comment legal action to take place to the parents/community which continue to practice this deadly game

  • Beddy
    August 29, 2013 @ 06:35:23AM

    But in Europe and USA, white and black women trim their big clits through surgery. Is this also connected, individual choice notwithstanding.

  • osmas magigi wa barrick north mara Tanzania
    August 29, 2013 @ 04:37:15AM

    This is due to the lack of education because if they are educated on its disadvantages, I think there will only be a small percentage.

  • this is n0t fair
    August 28, 2013 @ 04:39:25PM

    i think that this is a very long story and nowadays they do not circumcise female. This is just abuse to the somali people and to their culture. It should be better if you do not interfere in others culture or religion

  • Richard Opondo
    August 28, 2013 @ 11:34:29AM

    What a tired outdated and uncouth practice!!!! In anycase i have met many circumcised girls and women mainly somalis who are low morale standing( prostitutes) and yet it was spposed to guard against that! While i schooled ina highcost school with two somali sisters who had not been circumcised ( one had showed other girls their wares) and whom i can vouch for as being potential wife material

  • nyawira mari
    August 28, 2013 @ 03:47:42AM

    this practice should be stopped complelely because whether u r a xtian or a muslim ua faith remains whether circumcised or not. please lets protect our girl child.

  • Bosaso
    August 27, 2013 @ 02:09:34PM

    It is suitable for those ladies who have been circumcised after attaining their maturity to express their sexual urges, so that they compare those different situation they have experienced in life for us to know the differences between their sexual urges before and after circumcision; both their gains and losses but someone who has not personally experienced both cases can say nothing unless he/she is using religious knowledge to talk in favor or against female circumcision. I have been taught in my high school that normal circumcision is an important component of body cleanliness whereas female genital mutilation maims women's sexual desires and for this reason FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION should be stopped.

  • Axmed
    August 27, 2013 @ 10:28:30AM

    Let's not abandon our culture.

  • france l mapunda
    August 26, 2013 @ 12:46:13PM

    That is very dangerous

  • nasra
    August 26, 2013 @ 10:40:28AM

    Let's follow the tradition of the prophet where he said ladies should be circumcised by cutting slightly the tip of the clitoris and by making them bleed slightly, therefore we should not practice this barbaric kind of circumcision which has been inherited from the fool who declared himself to be God. If you circumcised your daughter following the tradition of Pharaoh you will be treated the same as him by God and you should know you will be put in hell fire.

  • Romeo magnus
    August 26, 2013 @ 08:28:31AM

    Dah!!! Being a female is problematic. What is all this about? But I suggest to work hard in educating the society so that they stop removing the dashboard. It's not fair.

  • johnnie kesheko
    August 26, 2013 @ 07:54:42AM

    female circumcision is a harmful practice but our community maasai still practice upto 90% alot of awareness is need

  • Mrs. D
    August 26, 2013 @ 05:38:30AM

    1. This is a grave cruelty. 2. This is a worship for the dead, the living God doesn't like this at all, and it is annoyance. The result is an eternal punishment in the hell. 3. People should repent, turn to God (through the way of JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH) for their own safety.

  • benjamin matanyie
    August 25, 2013 @ 04:59:35PM

    They should quit for nowadays.

  • idrisa kilimo
    August 25, 2013 @ 01:29:28PM

    That is totally barbarism that causes problems to women during delivery.

  • leoford mpilli
    August 24, 2013 @ 03:51:39PM

    Leoford of Mwanza Police. I'd like to see that you continue your education. I support you.

  • Dr I. O Elmi
    August 24, 2013 @ 03:23:57PM

    The reality is that this dilemma need more interventions through well studied and relevant strategy to succeed the collaboration of real gate keepers. For instance alleviation of the weight can be an achievement that is to say working with religious leaders to at least stop infibulation type of FGM can decrease both urgent complication, early complication and late complications. production, implementation and supporting of FGM degrees from somali authorities can be promising step towards zero tolerance but need special tactics and careful eyes on it Medicalization of the FGM is another problem need to be abandoned, to not fall hands of another myths which may need fights against it in another century

  • githuku
    August 24, 2013 @ 12:12:46PM

    They should stop this tradation,

  • Harrison
    August 24, 2013 @ 11:39:47AM

    FGM shud b stoped...people shud b educated .this is a thing of the past.i strongly condemn the practice.it is passed by time.

  • safari
    August 24, 2013 @ 08:20:41AM

    what benefit do they get from this practice even in the bible i have never heard about women circumssision stop this none sense, it really hearts when they are spoiling young beutiful girls with the culture that has passed.

  • [email protected]
    August 24, 2013 @ 02:15:40AM

    Iwould like my daughters circumcised because it makes them disciplined.

  • johnmark
    August 23, 2013 @ 03:27:17PM

    Very execellent mesage! Wonderful,bt its 2painful women,God may intervn.

  • Omeke
    August 23, 2013 @ 03:17:06PM

    Abominable act against the design of the Creator! Stop and repent!

  • DR SAADIQ
    August 23, 2013 @ 07:27:06AM

    Female genital mutilation is a practice whose time has come to an end. I urge all Somali mothers to cease the practice by remembering the problems they have undergone because of the practice and by going back to the holy Koran and the tradition of the prophet (Peace be upon him).

  • chozi
    August 22, 2013 @ 05:12:05PM

    Somalis, stop war. You will finish up yourselves, my brothers.

  • Mutegi
    August 22, 2013 @ 08:52:18AM

    It's good for girls to be circumcised as it reduces sexual desire.

  • JOSEPHAT MANIMO ARS.
    August 22, 2013 @ 03:23:44AM

    This article is very educative. Let's work hard on reminding the society.

  • meshack
    August 22, 2013 @ 02:41:54AM

    Meshack I think people should be educated.

  • Susan Masanja
    August 21, 2013 @ 03:32:12PM

    It's a cruel act especially when a girl is forced to shut her mouth and she doesn't have any decisions other than suffering with pain which can bring her psychological problems during adulthood and she wouldn't like to be that way or when she gets severe pains during menstruation. This cause her to lose confidence in herself and even fail to describe her problems. Morality is a product of good parenthood and guidance from parents or family caretakers and the surrounding community. I urge my fellow African women to wake up and measure advantages and disadvantages of female genital mutilation. According to the established researches, its disadvantages are more than its advantages. It is high time now to drop those customs that are outdated for a future woman who is healthy and happy to be a woman in Africa.

  • Said
    August 21, 2013 @ 10:04:44AM

    I think the rights of those girls who have undergone female genital mutilation were violated and denied. They in most cases inherit pain and torture from the practice which they feel during their first days in marriage and when getting their monthly period. You Somalis should cease that bad practice.

  • LUCAS MALEMBO
    August 21, 2013 @ 08:12:02AM

    Female genital mutilation is against God 's laws. When He created Adam and chopped off Adam's rib for creating Eve, he intended those two to be one body. Society should be educated on getting away from such abuse. Remember, you will feel sorry before God's presence for committing such evil act.

  • abdikani hassan
    August 21, 2013 @ 07:55:03AM

    Circumcision is not something good. It has caused many problems to women who live in this world. It has also caused many other problems to Somali girls and women. It has to be stopped and its dangers understood unanimously. It is not possible to put your daughters or daughter in problem and it has to be understood that the time to uproot the practice of female genital mutilation has actually arrived and you have to begin the fight from your family, neighbors and relatives by telling them the problems that come with the practice. I would like also add another important thing and urge you very well to fight forced marriage and urge your daughters to study. Some of the problems caused by AL-sHABAAB to the Somali community include forced marriage and denying girls the rights to education. Girls should not be denied the right to education and boys allowed to learn, they should actually be given equal rights. Abdikani Aassan ( human rights activist). Nairobi.

  • macodete jabuturi tz
    August 20, 2013 @ 03:29:04PM

    if it is both cultural and religus belief then it will be as marathon race to end

  • Charles nyambega
    August 20, 2013 @ 09:31:18AM

    I am Charles Nyambega. I personally think that we shall leave other people's customs as they are, as even Mwalimu Nyerere said: "The one who refused his customs is a slave." He was also respecting all tribes' customs very much; and there is no tribe that is happy with other tribe's customs and traditions. Most of us were born by the mutilated women. How could we smash them?

  • Amsi Sikay
    August 19, 2013 @ 12:01:04PM

    Society should harmonize itself with less intervention. Let them do what they want.

  • chacha
    August 19, 2013 @ 06:27:31AM

    this also was bein conducted by my tribe, but the big reason was to reduce the girls stimuli,which results that girl forces circumcisized boys to erect, something cause high bleeding.but nowday no longer work, so it is not human right to do so.

  • Anthony
    August 19, 2013 @ 03:19:39AM

    Female genital mutilation is not a good thing.

  • Ahmed awad
    August 19, 2013 @ 01:20:17AM

    COMMENT: in my view such a practice is totally an acceptable is is like killing some body the problem is that the mothers are not aware the pain they are subjecting to their children and the consequence it is also very unfortunate some people are encouraging that harmful process

  • apolo m - Tanzania
    August 17, 2013 @ 11:27:18AM

    Let all circumcision be by consent of the individual, whether for female or male,all lose their genetalia under forceful conditions.

  • Bandio Said
    August 17, 2013 @ 08:29:19AM

    It is unparatable deeds to the women.Let us harmonize togather to forbid it.

  • Latifa ahmed
    August 17, 2013 @ 06:40:49AM

    Thats a very ineresting article on the isue of circumcission among the somali people,there have been alot of misconceptions about this issue but thanks to this revelation nobody will be able to mislead anyone who is and also is not a somali on cicumcission,big up on that.

  • Afzal khan
    August 16, 2013 @ 07:48:38PM

    Efforts must be taken to educate all those mutilated and those still not and the law should be enacted to ban that act.

  • Paul Wakanay
    August 16, 2013 @ 04:44:00PM

    This is cruelty that needs to be strongly condemned. Girl's morals are not protected by mutilating her reproductive organs, but by good upbringing from her parents.

  • Bariki John
    August 16, 2013 @ 12:03:00PM

    i am asking the somali government to stp that culture ................................this is bad and efectious culture.

  • Johari-Bariki wa matamba uwanji tanzania
    August 16, 2013 @ 11:33:46AM

    This is extreme craziness and barbarism. Even if it's about your religious beliefs, I still don't believe that religion allows such cruelty! I ask you to stop that stupidity immediately and those who have done it should quickly go to the church to repent.

  • abdifatah mohamed ali
    August 16, 2013 @ 08:51:13AM

    In my view, I believe it is right for Muslim girls to be circumcised but it is wrong to mutilate their genitals or to circumcise them in a way that is not based on our religion. It is recommended to cut the tip of the clitoris as in the tradition of the prophet. I believe this is what our religion recommends. It is good to circumcise Muslim girls, but that should be in line with the religion of Islam. Thanks.

  • Lucie Wahito- Kenya
    August 16, 2013 @ 08:32:09AM

    Female genital mutilation shoud be banned and the somali goverment shoul work towards eliminating this harxard culture the girl child in somali should be protected at all times .

  • Jasmine
    August 16, 2013 @ 06:10:53AM

    Old Customary values should be stopped and abandoned as most of them brings more harm then the benefit of it. Genital Mutilation is not in Islamic Values or obligation, I am Muslim living in Tanzania and in my country there are Tribes that undergo mutilation and are not even muslims. So what is going on in Somalia is just tribal issues that needs to be denied and more education and awareness is to be provided to the society to avoid the consequences of bodily harm.

  • Esayas Nigatu
    August 16, 2013 @ 05:04:39AM

    I am totally against this cruel practice that has been performed under the cover of "religion". I strongly belive that religious people and girls and woman, who are not circumcised and/or prevented their daughters from circumcision can do much in creating awareness, as nothing will happen by not being circumcised, rather the result is better health and complete life. More importantly, the media including the larger ones like the BBC in Somali language, can also do a meaningful activity.

  • Emmanuel Kipukula
    August 16, 2013 @ 01:34:15AM

    I don't know where they got this bad custom! There is no any truth that it makes a girl have no sexual instincts and being immoral. Parents are obliged to teach their children good habits not through mutilating them. Health ministry and government should stop that act. When those involved are arrested, they should be educated and if they still do it, then they have to be given a severe punishment, even sending them to prison, so as to serve as a lesson to others.

  • khalif adan
    August 16, 2013 @ 12:04:56AM

    The fact remains,the act is totally different from the sunnah. What somalis are doing is extravagance and arogance,and this is the reason why somali mens are going for bantus coz the ladies have glitoris. Somalis must stop this once andfor all

  • Mwok Benson
    August 15, 2013 @ 09:53:43AM

    Actually female cut is one of the worst thing to do.As a man i dicourage men from marrying such ladies because of the cpmplications associated with the vice.Someone is immoral either circumcised or not

  • Fananad
    August 15, 2013 @ 08:08:05AM

    Ummm what is this bad and hazard culture... It has no base in slam

  • mpanga.peter
    August 15, 2013 @ 06:03:05AM

    we must fight that habbit

  • C/rasaq bashir
    August 15, 2013 @ 05:47:38AM

    In my opinion, female genital mutilation is something that is necessary for any Islamic society and cannot be stopped. On the contrary, it is safeguards the honor and decency of circumcised girls while the opposite is true for others. However, there is a dangerous problem and a bad habit in our society, which is the so-called Pharaonic circumcision. But this has nothing to do with religion and even its name is ugly; what do we have to do with the Pharaohs? Circumcising females is not a mutilation but not circumcising them is mutilation! But Pharaonic circumcision is a worse form of mutilation and I think mild form of circumcision is best.

  • Ali Nanjira
    August 15, 2013 @ 12:43:46AM

    Oh Dear brothers and Sisters in Somali. Which Islam is that you follow that recommends harm to the weak sex. As muslim men we have to protect the weak. Please stop that path of FGM for it is not Islam at all

  • [email protected]
    August 14, 2013 @ 01:36:31PM

    That custom of mutilation is out of date and it should stop immediately.

  • Lucky
    August 14, 2013 @ 01:27:35PM

    Is that religiously or tradition........oh Africa & Asia

  • Kervin Ngonyani
    August 14, 2013 @ 11:15:25AM

    That is gender humiliation. Women should be given their respect.

  • Essa Musa
    August 14, 2013 @ 09:40:32AM

    Female circumission in Pharoanic way is immoral practice of african tradition. it is rootless in Islamic religion. However, It is redicules that our Sheikhs knows that and not informed to the poeple. Let us stop and help our doughters now

  • eliud
    August 14, 2013 @ 05:25:44AM

    Zeinab, You must be out of your mind believing that, come out of that box and think boldly of the consequences that these girls a subjected to out of not there own will.

  • Ally Athuman
    August 14, 2013 @ 04:24:39AM

    Female genital mutilation is not a wise thing.

  • Dr Sinare
    August 14, 2013 @ 03:01:29AM

    In my village FGM was defeated in only one generation thanks to education.Lets invest more in education in those societies that still practice FGM

  • Dr.Ahmed
    August 14, 2013 @ 01:54:18AM

    Peace on you. First and foremost, I salute all members of SABAHI network. In my view, female genital mutilation is a problem caused to women, but it lowers their sexual feelings and it can therefore risk the lives of those circumcised. I would like to advice all fathers and mothers to subject their daughters to a mild form of circumcision only.

  • c axman
    August 14, 2013 @ 01:44:52AM

    If you want to stop female genital mutilation, then it can be stopped by: religious leaders, educating female circumcisers through seminars and by lastly arresting some of those who do the circumcision.

  • BOSCO
    August 14, 2013 @ 01:33:40AM

    Traditionally almost all African societies, especially here in Kenya, people are doing the same by saying that it brings discipline among women. But nowadays almost every community has stopped those sufferings as they are out of date and also cruelty against women is halting. PLEASE SOMALIS GIVE YOUR WOMEN THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE. HEALTHY SOCIETY COMES THROUGH A HEALTHY MOTHER.

  • ibrahim faustine
    August 14, 2013 @ 12:22:24AM

    It should be stopped.

  • [email protected]
    August 13, 2013 @ 11:51:41PM

    THIS CUSTOM IS OUT OF DATE AND THEY SHOULD LEAVE IT.

  • ABRAHAM ISHENGOMA
    August 13, 2013 @ 04:55:30PM

    Female genital mutilation is cruelty and makes it very difficult for them during child delivery. People are losing lives. This matter should be strongly opposed!!!

  • Harmes Omer
    August 13, 2013 @ 03:28:44PM

    This is dangerous to our sisters' health because a lot of blood is lost and the tools used are dangerous as they could use one tool to finish the whole act. This action is not right, we should fight mutilation.

  • OMAR
    August 13, 2013 @ 10:43:45AM

    THIS BEHAVIOUR SHOULD BE DISCOURAGED SINCE IT CAN ALSO CAUSE DEATH.

  • charles ayo
    August 12, 2013 @ 04:24:20PM

    It is a great mistreatment.

  • Abdul Hussein
    August 12, 2013 @ 11:07:44AM

    In fact this is worse than poaching, because it is dangerous when they are pregnant. I haven't got any more to say, EXCEPT THAT THEY OUGHT TO STOP OLD TRADITIONS.

  • samweli mkoma
    August 12, 2013 @ 10:03:51AM

    They are so cruel. They shouldn't do that now as it is globalization time.

  • NHUNGO MUYA
    August 12, 2013 @ 03:34:15AM

    Somali men should be educated on that issue. It's gender humiliation.

  • Abdulahi
    August 11, 2013 @ 08:39:51PM

    Uncircumcised women are very sweet in bed and deliver children easily.

  • s m s
    August 11, 2013 @ 11:13:45AM

    Why do you like these things? Don't you know that if she is married, this woman will not have the comfort of her marriage? Please stop this, God doesn't like it.

  • [email protected]
    August 11, 2013 @ 08:11:26AM

    They lose sexual desire when they are mutilated.

  • solomon Akili .Dar-es-salaam Tanzania
    August 11, 2013 @ 05:20:54AM

    Female genital mutilation is not right. It needs to be strongly condemned, especially by Somalis themselves, so that they can stop it immediately because it deprives women of their natural right.

  • ibra
    August 11, 2013 @ 04:27:09AM

    It's an extreme ignorance. O Somalis, which scripture are you following?

  • Mohamed Ahmed Ceelbuur
    August 10, 2013 @ 05:30:59PM

    Peace on to all workers of Sabahi. In my opinion, I don't support female genital mutilation personally. As Muslims, it is not good for us to practice female genital mutilation because the prophet (Peace be upon him) said he wants his people to enter paradise more than any other people before them in hereafter. As we all know this practice has originated from the biggest disbeliever called Pharaoh purposely to; 1=deprive women of their feelings 2= make women feel pain when giving birth so that they don't give birth to children who will disobey him. You all know Pharaoh and I would like to urge the people of entire Somalia to cease this practice and sensitize people wherever they are, through the media and sign boards. I would like to marry an uncircumcised lady or one whose genital has not been adversely damaged, God willing. Thanks. Thank you for the article.

  • Olaad Ahmed Moh,ed
    August 10, 2013 @ 02:47:27PM

    Female Genital Mutilation has no basis in Islam. Islam is totally against female circumcision of all types. In my view, female genital mutilation should be eliminated. Secondly, I would prefer circumcising my daughters in a way that will have minimal effects on them. First of all, it is not something that has basis in our religion. Secondly, female genital mutilation causes health complications which can have effects on anyone who is subjected to it.

  • godfrey makombe
    August 10, 2013 @ 12:41:15PM

    Female genital mutilation is against human rights. Why deprive a woman the pleasure others have? This is discrimination against women. Why men do not have their testicles chopped off? Useless customs should be banned.

  • by Michael a.Silayo
    August 10, 2013 @ 11:56:28AM

    I wouldn't prefer it at all, because it's dangerous for their health.

  • James mgunda
    August 10, 2013 @ 09:04:01AM

    It is not humanity! But extreme barbarism.

  • mohamed sheikh
    August 10, 2013 @ 06:57:54AM

    agree some da health hazard associat wth this bt i think old women an mothers should aplly the one shal cut the tissue bt draw blood.thanks

  • mohamed
    August 10, 2013 @ 06:55:39AM

    tradional oblig cant be igor completely

  • ABDIRAHMAN
    August 10, 2013 @ 05:12:29AM

    I dont want will be my dougther circums because i know its problems

  • happiness philip
    August 10, 2013 @ 02:39:46AM

    Not good at all. I would urge other nations to intervene. This mutilation is really affecting women. I haven't seen its benefits yet. It's discrimination.

  • Hemed jamal
    August 9, 2013 @ 05:39:23PM

    Female genital mutilation is dangerous because of its effects such diseases, disability in the sexual organ itself might happen.

  • daraf
    August 9, 2013 @ 02:05:54PM

    Circumcision is a very bad disease. It is a very wrong ideology. It involves cutting important part of someone's body and maiming him for good and this bad cultural practice has no basis in the religion of Islam. Somali men are responsible for this practice because they believe that uncircumcised lady is vulnerable and does sex with anyone or is a prostitute. Circumcised ladies feel a lot of pain when they get their monthly period and they don't feel genuine pleasure in having sexual intercourse when they marry and her male partner who believed in female genital mutilation will not enjoy having genuine pleasurable sex with her due to the effects circumcision had on the lady. It a bad cultural practice and it is really barbaric.

  • bakari ally kombo
    August 9, 2013 @ 12:41:55PM

    Not good at all. Let's support Somali women.

  • Esmael
    August 9, 2013 @ 12:35:12PM

    In fact it is very important in terms of cleanliness and it also reduces sexual desire before marriage. So it is good to practice.

  • Gideon S Kijjamunu
    August 9, 2013 @ 04:08:52AM

    It's true and I would like to call it a barbarian act. Theologians and religious analysts make it clear that this issue is sinful. Now, how are we ready to do sins? It also needs to be eradicated immediately. It is too dangerous, some women lost their lives during mutilation. God bless us with knowledge on this matter.

  • marangu
    August 9, 2013 @ 02:24:28AM

    FGM should not be performed to women because it affect their sexual life negative.This is useless tradition that has no fruits, no good is from FGM.

  • edotira
    August 8, 2013 @ 04:09:08PM

    Let them tell us the truth, when they are mutilated, is their sexual desire reduced?

  • suliman haji
    August 8, 2013 @ 02:02:19PM

    Human being has been given a complete guidance in the religion, therefore, there is no shortcut but to turn to Allah only.

  • suleiman haji
    August 8, 2013 @ 01:57:15PM

    We, human beings, tend to be stubborn and if we do not resolve j

  • dennis a mbembati
    August 7, 2013 @ 08:19:42AM

    Somali men have to stop this nonsense jealousy. Somali women should organise conferences across the country in protesting against genital mutilation.

  • Mr.Aayado
    August 6, 2013 @ 04:45:52PM

    Thanks goes to the esteemed people who are busy working on this program. I do see circumcision of girls as a violation of their rights. I would like to say people should cease the practice of traditions that are not based on the religion. May God lead us to the straight path.

  • sumayo
    August 6, 2013 @ 12:01:41PM

    To me, female circumcision is not suitable and it is something inherited from the period of ignorance. It has left bad effects on many women and Somali women are majority of the victims of this bad practice which is not based in the religion. This is just a tradition we inherited from our forefathers. This is what I believe.

  • Daadow haji
    August 6, 2013 @ 11:24:16AM

    In my view, I believe it is wrong to circumcise women.

  • Msacky
    August 6, 2013 @ 10:25:41AM

    Tradition and customs are a true vision of life to the concerned society. Victims must assess the suitability and unsuitability of their traditions.

  • edward malwega
    August 6, 2013 @ 08:33:45AM

    We emphasize that female genital mutilation is a violation of human rights, but same sex marriage is not a violation of human rights. We should stop talking about some and leaving others.

  • salum
    August 6, 2013 @ 07:12:08AM

    It is dangerous to our mothers.

  • Ali khamis
    August 5, 2013 @ 10:39:38AM

    It is important for the Muslim community to follow right instructions from Allah through Prophet (pbuh). Primitive traditions have no chance.... in short, female genital mutilation is a primitive tradition.

  • Susan
    August 4, 2013 @ 09:49:01AM

    Seriously Zeinab, where is the equality? That is humiliation as long as that belief is not correct. What about deaths from that "prohibition"? Are you, as a woman, ready to see your daughter lost her life because you are sticking to a tradition that oppresses and makes her weak?

  • edward g.sensera
    August 3, 2013 @ 04:34:52AM

    An out-of-date tradition. This is a new era that belongs to the new generation.

  • kened
    August 3, 2013 @ 04:08:23AM

    It should be banned by all people for God's sake.

  • peter m
    August 3, 2013 @ 03:36:28AM

    I am supporting that they continue being mutilated.

  • Ibra Mutaasa
    August 3, 2013 @ 01:41:26AM

    It is our obligation to inform the society, especially parents, so that they would abandon this tradition and stop sending their daughters to be mutilated. If they are not educated on its effects and their children's rights, they will continue doing it.

  • hassan abuubakar ilmi
    August 2, 2013 @ 04:19:58AM

    First I greet the people working for this website and would like to clearly state that what is happening where women are being circumcised is wrong. Besides that also causes women to lose sexual stimulation to the extent they cannot sexually satisfy their husbands or worse still get child birth complications. Therefore I would like to plead with the mothers to help stop this act.

  • o.Mwakosya
    August 1, 2013 @ 09:56:25PM

    Female genital mutilation humiliates women.

  • MTULY RICHARD.D.MTULY
    August 1, 2013 @ 05:30:19PM

    Female genital mutilation is a violation of the basic human rights. Somali government should enact strong laws to stop this behaviour. Also woman should be given her basic rights as any other person. The world is covered with this disaster, especially in sub-Saharan countries. Somalia is at the worst point, as it has also war and terrorism. I, however, praise Somalia for improving its transportation sector/policy as in aviation. Other western countries should learn from Turkey. It's me, Mtuly Richard D. Mtuly from Korogwe, Tanzania.

  • Zeinab
    July 31, 2013 @ 04:01:51PM

    It is wrong to call it mutilation, it is purification and it ensures an ordered and harmonious society. Most circumcised girls and women are very grateful to their mothers for arranging for them to be cut. The pain is short lived but the benefits last a lifetime.

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